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Sarasota community remembers 9-year-old killed while bicycling to school

Parents wear green, Roman Miller's favorite color
Posted at 10:56 PM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 23:19:46-04

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Parents and students from Brentwood Elementary gathered on Thursday night to remember the 9-year-old who was hit and killed by a truck earlier this week.

Florida Highway Patrol said Roman Miller was hit by a 25-year-old driver while bicycling to school around 7:30 a.m. Monday.

The crash happened on Webber Street and Nodosa Drive in Sarasota. FHP said the child was in a crosswalk.

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Parents and children wore green to the school on Thursday since it was Miller's favorite color.

"He was a cool kid, man. I met him a handful of times. Anytime I was out here waiting for my son and his sister to come was always, hey Mr. Carter," said Chris Carter, a parent.

Students painted rocks at the school to remember their friend.

"He was kind. He was always a loving kid," said Chris Carter, a student.

The principal remembered greeting Miller at the start of each school day.

"We try to be polite, but you realize he’s standing there waiting for you to respond. When you look in his eyes, you realize this child is genuinely wanting to know how you are," said Principal John Weida.

The school community encourages drivers to be more cautious and look twice for bicyclists.

"I take my kids to school every day on their bikes and 9 times out of 10 I drive because I don’t want to let them ride by themselves," said Carter.

Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. The 25-year-old driver is not facing any charges at this time, but troopers said it could change pending the outcome of the investigation.